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Monday, June 6, 2011

The History of Cantaloupe Island

Original post here: Cantaloupe Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Cantaloupe Island" is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock. It was first recorded on his 1964 album Empyrean Isles. It was one of the first examples of a model jazz composition set to a funky beat.

It was sampled by the group Us3 on their song "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)", and furthermore has been used as bumper music (or button) on National Public Radio. Versions have been recorded by many artists including Pat Metheny, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tanghetto, Jack DeJohnette, Milton Nascimento, and TheBigMasterFunk. Yonderboi has a (short) cover version of this song.

"Cantaloupe Island" was recently named #19 in the list of 100 quintessential jazz songs of all time.

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